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China Holds Naval Exercises Off Korean Coast While Japan Ponders Chinese, North Korean Threats

Japan’s annual defense report is focused on the threat from North Korea, but it also has a good deal to say about China. Those two Japanese concerns converge in a live-fire exercise held by the Chinese Navy off the Korean coast this week, in which dozens of different types of missiles were tested, air intercepts were simulated, ground assaults were practiced, and submarines prowled the waters.

GANGHWA, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 10: In this handout photo provided by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korean marines and navy soldiers on a boat conduct a crackdown against China's illegal fishing in neutral waters on June 10, 2016 in Ganghwa island, South Korea. South Korea sent military vessels on Friday to chase away about 10 illegal Chinese fishing boats in neutral water around South Korea's Ganghwa island, based on reports. (Photo by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

South Korea Fires Machine Guns at Invading Chinese Fishermen

South Korea coast guard agents used machine guns to chase Chinese ships illegally fishing in Korean waters back towards China this week, prompting a stern statement from Beijing’s Foreign Ministry expressing extreme disappointment in Korea’s refusal to permit this illegal behavior.

This picture taken on April 12, 2016 shows a Vietnamese Navy officer (foreground) filming two Japanese Navy's guided-missile destroyers anchored at Cam Ranh Bay in central Vietnam. The two Japanese Self-Defence Force guided-missile destroyers Ariake and Setogiri with 500 sailors aboard are paying a four-day port call at Cam Ranh Bay, which hosts Vietnam's strategic naval base. / AFP / VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY / VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY (Photo credit should read VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan Vows Joint Exercises with U.S. in South China Sea

Japan’s defense minister announced in Washington Thursday that the nation is seeking to participate in joint maritime exercises with the United States in the South China Sea, a direct challenge to China’s repeated demands for Japan to stay out of the region.

China Wants Japan, US Out of Okinawa

On the day after Christmas, three Chinese boats, one modified to carry four cannons, entered Japan’s territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands in the southern portion of the East China Sea. The move, a dangerous escalation, is the first time the People’s Republic of China sent an armed vessel into an area that Tokyo claims as its own.

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East China Sea Dispute Continues to Plague Japan-Sino Diplomacy

As the United States takes the lead in challenging China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, the Chinese government has begun to warn off Japan from assuming a role in the matter. While Japan has no territorial interests in the South China Sea, it continues to disregard China’s claim to the entirety of the East China Sea, much of which Japan claims as its own.

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Japan, Philippines Forge Closer Military Ties in Wake of Chinese Land Grab

Philippine President Benigno Aquino is set to land in Japan on Tuesday following initial negotiations for new weapons trade deals and closer military ties. Observers see the move as a preventative measure in the face of China’s expanded efforts in disputed South China Sea territory to build military facilities and artificial islands, violating international law.

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State Department Warns China: Stop Building ‘Sandcastles’ in South China Sea

Tensions are rising in the South China Sea as American officials have become increasingly vocal regarding their opposition to China’s development of islands over which Vietnam and the Philippines contend China has no sovereignty. In a scathing opinion piece in state media Friday, China has responded by telling American officials to stay out of Asian affairs.

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